All Jammed Up
WITH FEWER people buying full-fledged music systems, the portable wireless speaker for the mobile phone has become the predominant audio player in most homes. There have been a spate of these devices in the past few months. The Jam series of wireless speakers from US company HMDX is the latest to be launched in India. These are undoubtedly among the best designed we have seen in some time. We reviewed the HMDX Jam Party, which is a very compact stereo speaker looking a bit like the transistor of old because of its pull out handle on top. It also has a flip out stand below. The build quality is really good. The good thing here is that the Bluetooth pairing is in the power button itself and almost instant. There is another LED light to show if the battery is dying. This would have been a killer product had the audio quality matched the design. The audio is loud, but we felt it was a bit too muffled. So if you are hearing something that is heavy on vocals the experience is really good. As soon as the sound becomes full bodied with an orchestra, the audio quality becomes, well, a bit of a jam. Strangely, the sound quality opens up when you flip out the stand at the bottom.